Edward H. Fleer family papers
The American branch of the Fleer family began with Edward H. Fleer’s great grandfather, Hermann Heinrich Fleher ? (1) (1822-1891), who immigrated to the United States from Prussia in 1852?. Edward H. Fleer (1917-1985), the compiler of this collection, received a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton Uni...
|Collection:||Edward H. Fleer Family Papers|
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|100||3|||a Fleer family |e creator|
|245||1|||a Edward H. Fleer family papers |f 1833-1989|
|300|||a 52.0 Linear feet |f 88 boxes, 38 volumes, 10 flat files|
|520|||a The American branch of the Fleer family began with Edward H. Fleer’s great grandfather, Hermann Heinrich Fleher ? (1) (1822-1891), who immigrated to the United States from Prussia in 1852?. Edward H. Fleer (1917-1985), the compiler of this collection, received a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University, and a M.A. in Philosophy from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He taught English and American History at Texas Country Day School, and then at Lake Forest Academy, in Lake Forest, Illinois, and worked as an instructor in Ethics, History of Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Art at Yale University. In 1948 Edward H. Fleer changed professions, and became training director and then director of personnel at the Providence Washington Insurance Company; from 1954 to 1974 he worked at Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, first as reinsurance broker, then vice president, and finally as director. In 1973, Edward H. Fleer inherited a large amount of family papers, and started gathering and evaluating more family data, with the intent of writing the multi-volume set of the History of the Fleer Family. After retirement from the insurance business in 1974, he continued working on this genealogical project until his death in 1985. This collection provides insight not only into the Fleer family history, but also illuminates Edward H. Fleer’s efforts in collecting, organizing, and interpreting family records for the purpose of writing the History of the Fleer Family. The collection tracks the family roots from Germany prior to the 1700s to the mid-1800s, and in the United States from 1852 to 1985. The majority of the collection is comprised of genealogical records that Edward H. Fleer collected from different sources, including German and American churches and cemeteries, as well as genealogical and historical organizations and archives. Included in the Edward H. Fleer archive are copies of records and some original certificates of birth, baptism, marriage, and death; passenger list data; census records; naturalization data; and land surveys, city directories, and maps. There are some original material contributed by family members, such as family bibles; correspondence; a few guest books, diaries and account books; estate documents; wills; obituaries; many photographs, negatives, and slides; and various commemorative materials. Some personal papers of Edward H. Fleer and his wife, Helen Fleer, are also included. Edward H. Fleer developed index card catalogs for each person in the Fleer family, and provided inventories of almost every document and photograph in his archive. Much of the research material was organized in notebooks and files related to the future volumes of the History of the Fleer Family. Included in the collection are three finished volumes of the set. One volume, which was written after Edward H. Fleer’s death by his assistant, Gale Fields, President of Archival Restoration Associates, Inc., is located in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library. The collection includes eleven audio cassettes with recorded family oral history, general reference materials, and a few artifacts. In this collection the following families related to the Fleers are mentioned: Berger, Dressler, Hartmeister, Heeseman, Heidbreder, Langenberg, Racherbaumer, Roberts, Roethemeyer, Rook, Schultz, Walker, Wehmeyer/Wehmeier, Winter, and Wriggins|
|541||1|||a Fields, Ethella D. (1993-012); Documentation of owner none|
|555|||a Finding Aid Available Online:|
|852|||a The Historical Society of Pennsylvania |b Edward H. Fleer Family Papers |l 3052|
|856||4||2|||y Link to finding aid |u http://hsp.org/sites/default/files/mss/finding_aid_3052_fleer.pdf|